Wednesday, May 25, 2016

That's a Wrap

We just wrapped up our 4th season of baseball. Our 4th Spring spent at ball fields which quickly become our home away from home, and this year, our 1st season of daddy coaching both big boys and the HUGE commitment that comes with coaching 2 teams and keeping up with 2 boys who are playing and practicing and having games all at once.

The Spring is busy. The season is crazy. Our nights have been full and almost always late. 

It can be stressful and hard and almost impossible trying to figure out how to feed everybody and get to practices and games on time while still maintaining some sense of normal family life and a predictable routine and bedtime. 

Oh bedtime, how you suffered.  

But the fun we had and the joy we experienced thanks to this season and the late nights, it was priceless.

My big boys absolutely loved playing and had the best time win, lose, or tie. They enjoyed it all.

We had some tough games but we also had some really, really GREAT games. Austin's team won 2 super close games this season and Garrison's team won their very last game of the season by defeating the only unbeaten team in our league!! 

They were exciting games to watch and just so much fun. Come game time, all the craziness of the season was worth it. 

Baseball is a team sport but there is a lot of individual play to the game as well. The pressure is on!

 My mama nerves got me almost every time my boys came up to bat or the ball was hit to them. I'm talking stomach in knots and heart beating faster and maybe even some holding of my breath. Especially during the close games!

But they did great! They had so much fun playing that either they weren't all that nervous or it didn't get to them so much. Garrison was one of only 2 players on his team who didn't strike out the entire season! 

And Austin was the youngest on his team but one of the very best players! 

The commitment was big.

And the nights were late.

But man was it a fun season and the best time.

Watching my boys play and my husband coach was something special. So exciting. So full of playing hard. So full of coaching with encouragement, enthusiasm, and motivation.   

This season wore us out and stretched us more than any other sports season of the past. I love this blog post by Joanna Gaines. It really is a discipline to recognize and reflect on the blessings disguised as really hard work. 

Oh the impact and fun and joy contained in this season and the prayers of these coaches. That's a wrap. But the memories from this season will last for years and years. 

And this little man? Well he cheered on his big brothers and ate his weight in popcorn and kept his mama and grandparents on their toes all season long. He had almost as much fun as his baseball playing brothers. And soon enough I'll be watching him play and my heart just may burst from the fun, excitement, and joy of it all.

We know lots of families whose children only play one sport year round or the same sport every Spring and Fall, but I think this season really confirmed for us that we're definitely a 2 sport playing family. We love baseball in the Spring and soccer in the Fall. At least for now. Our boys are just too young and having too much fun with both sports to choose one over the other. We may be in the minority but we're okay with that. It's been bittersweet wrapping up baseball and saying goodbye for a whole year but we're welcoming the break (didn't even put our boys' names on the All Star ballots!) and looking forward to returning to soccer in the Fall.

Soo thankful for the memories and the fun of the season. Baseball life. There's nothing like it.  

Monday, May 23, 2016

Last Day & Weekend Fun

This weekend was fun and BUSY! We enjoyed it lots and are worn out this morning but ready and motivated to tackle this last week of school!!

We kicked things off on Friday with Austin's last day of preschool. He had a great year and we are so thankful for his teacher and school! The opportunity for Austin to be away from me and the house and Layton and Baby A for a while each week was such a good thing for him. He really loved his teacher and classmates and thrived socially. I think our little man was possibly most popular this year. =)

And here's my middle on his first day... He's grown sooo much! Every first day of school I make a point to take in and soak up their faces and just how little they are because on the last day they will seem so much bigger and older. It never fails that I'm still shocked at the difference though. *Tear*

Friday afternoon Piper stayed with us and her boys were thrilled! =)

Garrison had a choir rehearsal on Friday night so our littles enjoyed a movie night together. Layton only watched off and on but I did capture this sweetness at one point during the movie. 

Saturday morning we were up bright and early ready to see Austin's end of year program/graduation. I think he was smitten over having us there all for him and only him. =)

It was the cutest program and Austin Selph took his performance so serious. We laughed so hard at him and his serious and determined stage presence and singing. It was priceless. 

Oh this boy. He brings us so much laughter, joy, and fun. 

Austin with his teacher and best bud from school. 

So thankful for such a great year!

Immediately following Austin's program we rushed home to change and get ready for our first pool party of the summer! It was cold but the boys still enjoyed themselves and had fun celebrated their cousin's 5th birthday. 

Terrell and I on the other hand couldn't relax for a second thanks to this little man. Gracious.

On the way home everyone was tired and in a mood and there was lots of backseat drama, complaining, and loudness going on... so Terrell rolled down the window and stuck his head out to get a break from it all. Hahaha!! I laughed so hard. He definitely knows how to keep things light around here!

After naps by Layton, mama, and daddy on Saturday afternoon and Swiss Family Robinson by the big boys, we decided to go grab some fast food and head to a park we'd never been to before for supper. We had the BEST evening. The weather was perfect, the boys loved being at a new park, and fun was had by all. It was definitely another wish I could freeze time moment. I loved every single second with my guys.

After making up obstacle courses and running around and playing lots, the big boys walked over to the walking track/field to throw the baseball with daddy while I kept up with Layton. It was a GREAT night.

Sunday morning was wild. And not even because of these 3. Ha! I had 8 teachers out on Sunday morning. 8!!!! Half I knew about in advance and the other half were last minute things that came up Sunday morning. Can you say State of Emergency?! Thankfully we managed to have every preschooler and baby taken care of. Phew. It was craziness. But these 3. They were my big helpers just like every other Sunday morning. #madaboutplaidandboysinwhite

Sunday afternoon was short and busy and then we were back at church for the boys' choir programs. Our church has the best children's and youth choir ministries EVER. Seriously. I can't say enough about our Minister of Music and all the various choir leaders and teachers. They do a wonderful job every single year and I'm so thankful our church has such a strong music ministry for children. 

Austin's choir was up first and I smiled the whole time his little choir sang. I didn't have the best view of him but still managed to watch him the whole time. Such a sweet little program! Nothing like hearing little voices sing about Jesus! 

After Austin's choir finished, the older kids did the musical It's Cool in the Furnace about King Nebuchadnezzar and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and the prophet Daniel narrated. The kids did a great job! It was funny and entertaining and told the story from Daniel on a kid friendly level. I think Garrison was a little worn out and tired by the end but I loved watching him. They all worked so hard and it paid off! 

Both boys received medals for attendance that they were super proud of. =) It was a fun night for us watching our big boys and we've had a great year of choir!!

Phew! I think that covers everything. =) This weekend was FULL but we enjoyed all of the celebrations and good times lots! Happy last week of school!!!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Favorites: Almost There!!

This finish line is in sight and we. are. almost. there!! YAY!!!! We are on the home stretch now and things are busy and exhausting and full, but we've almost made it! One week to go for Garrison and Austin wraps up his school year today. While things won't slow down for us until a little ways into summer, and that sort of makes me want to panic because I am so worn out at the moment, we are super excited to officially welcome the break and Summer 2016. =)

Here are my faves from our week of counting down...

*Terrell has never had a vehicle that will fit all 3 car seats... until now!! Yay for everybody being able to ride with daddy! Layton is soooo excited about this since he was always the one left out before. It's close quarters for all of us but soo nice to have 2 cars for the whole family to ride in. 

*Sunday afternoon mud pie making... just like I remember doing back in the day. =)

*A little one on one time with my littlest and an introduction to our infamous alphabet puzzle! Garrison got this puzzle from my in-laws for his 2nd birthday and it has been sooo instrumental in teaching 2 out of 3 boys their letters. So now we're ready for round 3!

*Austin's end of year party was on Monday and he had a ball!

*Layton got to go too and when daddy made a surprise appearance he finally got to slide! He wasn't that impressed... ha, but he was proud he got to slide.

*It was a fun party and we're so thankful for Austin's great school year!

*Monday afternoon we had no homework and no practice so we spent the entire afternoon outside. It was the best time for these 3. 

*Granna even came over with Piper and the youngest grands got in an afternoon stroll together. =)

*Family Game Night! And this time we let Layton "participate"!! He mainly just ran around and laughed and tried doing whatever the big boys did. 


*The boys taking a break to watch daddy work in the yard. It was a sweet 30 seconds. =)

*I went to change the sheets on the bunk beds yesterday and this is what I found near Garrison's bed.... Rescue bots hanging from the curtain rod, a jump rope at the "entrance", and kleenex on his bed posts. Hahaha. Love him and his creative decorations and ideas. 

*Slowly but surely we're finishing Austin's alphabet book!!

*Our baby boy officially LOVES raw carrots dipped in ranch!!! He even asks for more!! #there'shopeforhimyet

*So after bath time last night we held impromptu Selph family arm wrestling contests. It was the most fun ever!! Every single member arm wrestled with every single other member. We laughed so hard and had such a good time together. Even Layton loved it! Arm wrestling those little hands and having Austin whisper Don't do it as hard as you can and watching them help each other beat daddy and hearing the laughter from all 3 boys was just the best. I totally had a moment of wanting time to freeze. Such sweet memories. 

*Favorite Not-Pictured Moment: Tuesday!! On Tuesday morning my mother-in-law came over to keep Austin and Layton (thanks Nana!!) and I went on my Mother's Day shopping trip all by myself! Even though it was rainy and messy I enjoyed myself sooo much. I took advantage of some deals and found a few new Spring/Summer items and took my time and shopped in peace! It was wonderful. And when our game got cancelled Tuesday night, Terrell told me to pick a place to go out to eat because the day was all about me. Oh how I love him. My Mother's Day gift was the best!! 

This weekend is a full one! We have a big choir rehearsal tonight, 2 different end of year programs to attend, a birthday party, and a pretty busy Sunday. It's an exhausting but exciting time of year. But we're almost to summer!! Happy Friday!!